“Turn the Page” is a song that was originally released by Bob Seger in 1973 on his Back in ’72 album. Although it was never released as a single, Bob Seger’s live version with the Silver Bullet Band on the 1976 Live Bullet album is a benchmark play at most classic rock/AOR (album-oriented rock) radio stations, and it still gets significant spins nearly 40 years lately! Additionally this song is a staple cover in many musicians set list from beginner to pro and it makes perfect sense that musicians would be drawn to the song “Turn the Page,” as it is an emotional account of the ups and downs of a musician’s life on the road.
“Here I am, on a road again. There I am, on the stage
Here I go, playing star again. There I go, turn the page”
“Turn the Page” opens with a mellow, sultry saxy sound that emotes in synchronicity with the desolate sound of the mellotron. NOTE: Tour Manager Tom Weschler helped inspire Alto Reed (Silver Bullet Band Saxist) to create this opening melody. According to Weschler he told Reed: “Alto, think about it like this: You’re in New York City, on the Bowery. It’s 3 a.m. You’re under a streetlamp. There’s a light mist coming down. You’re all by yourself. Show me what that sounds like.”
“Turn the Page” with it’s Bluntry feel has been a go-to for many country music stars including Waylon Jennings, Jamey Johnson, The Swon Brothers, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean to name a few. Aldean even did a CMT Crossroads with Bob Seger last year (2014) covering ‘Turn the Page’ in their set. I add KidRock to our Country list cause I think he’s on our team now with the release of his newest single “First Kiss,” plus I gotta add Metallica’s version of “Turn the Page” since you should always Metallica, when you can Metallica. \m/
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Waylon Jennings covered “Turn the Page” on the album of the same name in 1985.
Aaron Lewis, founding member and frontman of rock group Staind rocked this song with his gritty and southern fried rock voice.
Metallica covered “Turn the Page” as the first single from their 1998 Garage Inc. album, hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock chart for 11 weeks in a row (the highest number of weeks Metallica has ever spent at the top); drummer Lars Ulrich had heard the original song while driving across the Golden Gate Bridge and later commented that he thought it “Had James Hetfield all over it.” Metallica’s rendition is taken at much the same tempo as Seger’s, but with a heavier feel; the saxophone part is replaced by a high slide guitar line from Kirk Hammett. The accompanying music video explores a day in the life not of musicians, but a mother (played by Ginger Lynn) that works as an erotic dancer by day, and prostitute by night. MTV refused to air the video due to a scene depicting abusive sex between the mother and a client. Kind of ironic considering the stuff they have on that network these days.
Jamey Johnson. I don’t think you have to say anything else after you say Jamey Johnson, that name is an institution but his version is amazing. The recording eh. But yeah ABSOLUTELY!
Kid Rock covered the song as a 1995 demo as part of his White Room Studios Sessions but it was omitted from Early Mornin Stoned Pimp. Kid Rock’s version includes the original version overdubbed. He has covered it with Metallica on the 2000 Summer Sanitarium Tour. He covered this song with Jamey Johnson at DTE Energy Music Theatre in August 2010, with Bob Seger coming on stange to sing the last line of the song.
The Swon Brothers made me fall in love with them on June 10 2013 when Zach and Colton tackled “Turn the Page” under the tutelage of The Voice Coach Blake Shelton.
Kid Rock, Bob Seger and Jamey Johnson a trifecta of page turning here LIVE from the Fillmore in San Francisco. Now, that’s a venue I’d like to see a show at.
Turn the page kicks in about 3:13 but the whole video is worth a watch. Luke’s no Billy Joel but he kills it on the ivories for sure.
Jason Aldean and Bob Seger in an absolutely unforgettable CMT Crossroads (watch the whole thing here!)
Luke Bryan on a piano. “Turn the Page” kicks in at about 3:13 but the whole video is worth a watch. Luke’s no Billy Joel but he kills it on the ivories and it’s fun to watch him have so much fun.
photos from Bob Seger website archives